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A gunman is now in police custody after killing 5 people and injuring 6 others at the  Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Florida. The shooting happened in the baggage area of the Terminal 2, and the shooter did not breach the TSA secured area of the terminal.

         

The shooting happened at around 12:55pm on Friday.

Broward County’s Sheriff said the gunman is a lone shooter, and was quickly arrested and in police custody at the time of writing. 

According to the FAA, Authorities have cleared the terminal of gate D4 and D5, located at the north of the airport, they have also closed the lower level between terminal 2 and 3. Terminal 2 is also closed.

All services have been temporarily suspended and all these terminals are closed, and all roadways leading to the terminals are also closed.

Airport employees and hundred of passengers were all cleared out from the area, and escorted into the tarmac.

All flights scheduled to land at the airport, are still allowed to land, and are not diverted. Extra precaution and security measures have been put in place, but all operations are back to normal.

Travellers have been advised to contact their airline before going to the airport.

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Chicago shooting spree continued into the holiday, with police investigating 27 gun shooting incident, 12 of which shows people were fatally shot in the Christmas weekend holidays. 

According to the Chicago city police, there were 3,495 shooting incidents and 753 homicides in the city from January 1 to December 25, an increase to the the same time frame in 2015, as the city reported 473 homicides and 2,383 shootings between  January 1 to December 25,2015.

              

According to the  city Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson in a news briefing;

The violence primarily occurred in areas with historical gang conflicts on the South and West sides of the City. We now know that the majority of these shootings and homicides were targeted attacks by gangs against potential rival gang members and groups who were at holiday gatherings.

These were deliberate and planned shootings by one gang against another,They were targeted knowing fully well that individuals would be at the homes of family and friends celebrating the holidays. This was followed by several acts of retaliation.

90 percent of people that were reported dead have been tied to gang affiliation, and 45 guns were seized in the weekend.

The police chief also called on policymakers to make the gun laws stricter, especially increasing sentences for gun violence offenders.

One question from the Doy news reporter is "Does Black lives matter to themselves" 

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Police authorities have confirmed the death of a police officer, Patrol Officer Tim Smith, in small, central Georgia city. The policeman was not wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting, and the killer is on the loose.

                  

Patrol Officer Tim Smith was fatally shot  in a residential area of the city located about 60 miles southeast of Macon at about 9:30pm CT on Saturday.

According to Special Agent Scott Whitley of the Georgia Bureau of investigations, Smith was responding to a suspicious call when he encountered the suspect, he exited his patrol car and was shot, while the suspect fled the scene.

Whitley said that investigation is ongoing and a suspect is currently being sought after. 

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A shooting in Texas as seen many people injured in downtown Austin, Texas. One woman has been reported to be dead as gunman fired into the crowd.The Police have arrived to the scene and clearing the scene of the shooting.

               

Three people have also been transported to the hospital, and paramedics confirmed that people with gunshot wounds are spread across the area and trying to find them.

The Austin police department has also warned people via Twitter not to go downtown.

                

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Shooting at a house in Mukilteo, near Seattle, in the US state of Washington has seen three people dead and the state of other two unknown. The shot was fired at a teenagers party with youngsters or those at universities in attendance.

                    

According to eyewitnesses, more than 20 shots were fired and a call to 911 emergency services see police men coming to the area. 

According to the police, the gunman is currently in custody.

                     

A lot of resident of Mukilteo has gone to social media to tweet about the shooting, with a user tweeting:

   "Praying for tonight's victims, please stay safe everyone #mukilteoshooting"

Another user who claimed to have information about the shooter said he had shot at his friends because they were "envious of his success"

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The latest shooting at Umpqua Community College tragedy will make it the 15th times President Barack Obama will address Americans on mass shootings, telling Americans to politicize the event to effect change. A visibly angry Obama said;

I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough," he said tensely. "It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel. And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America — next week, or a couple of months from now."

 

Obama has also called on reporters to let people know the number of people that lost their lives in gun violence. Thousands of people have died in gun violence more than people that died in 9/11. According to Stanford University Geospatial Center's definition, mass shooting occurs whenever the attacker kills 3 people, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation said four. Terrorist attack has a narrow definition; They must have a political, economic, religious or social goal and aim to intimidate a larger group, whether that be the national population or the government.

The Data from Standford and Maryland shows that since 1995 there have been 376 incidents of terrorism and 117 gun violence attacks. But while terrorism incidents are common and includes wider range, mass shootings have higher body counts.

      

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